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Old 07-17-2014, 04:13 PM
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Very Rambunctious Puppy?

I have a spaniel mix puppy, probably around 4 months old (I don't know his actual date of birth). He's a very sweet puppy, but of course he's VERY playful and has a lot of energy. It's a full time job keeping things out of his mouth!

My issue is that he's very hyper with my cats and my other dogs. He likes to bite the cats and try to pick them up (not in a mean way, he's just a rough player). He'll also play rough with my dogs, which isn't a problem with the bigger dogs but he tends to drive my terrier mix crazy and he wants to play with her the most because they're about the same size. I also have chickens that he loves to run up to the pen and scatter but I'm less worried about this as he'll never have an opportunity to really hurt them, as they'll never be alone together.

Another thing is that when we give him treats, he can be rough. He's not mean, and in fact doesn't resource guard at all. But he snaps them right out of your hand and tends to get you with his teeth when he does. I've been turning my hand around so he kind of has to lick first before getting to the treat - this does help. However, when I give the other dogs treats he'll actually run up and take them out of their mouths - and then they look at me in disbelief.

Now, I know he's a puppy and that puppies play and need to learn manners. I've been upping his exercise as he's been getting more energetic, and it does seem to be helping some. I just want to know what sort of training I should be giving him so that a year from now, he'll have the manners he needs.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:26 AM
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My Jax is the same, he's about 7 months so still (kindof) a puppy. I'm also in the process of trying to reduce this hyper behaviour and the best thing is to just really firm up the 'sit' command.
Basically he jumps/nips/runs around/smothers everyone because even if he recieves negative attention, it's still attention!
When it comes to pretty much any activity, have him sit and reward, sit and reward, over and over. He'll eventually learn that a calm demenour and his butt on the ground = food and attention and sillyness = being ignored.

I used to be able to bring my puppy from my partners place to mine for weekend stays, but now that he's so much bigger than my fox terrier here at home, we have to keep him away is he just goes over the top and will accidentally hurt the other dog by bounding all over him! I feel your pain haha
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:08 PM
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dogstardaily.com has free downloads and tons of information on raising puppies and training dogs. It's a great place to start. I also really like kikopup on youtube and zak george on youtube and facebook.
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